how to extract cbd using alcohol

How to extract cbd using alcohol

Whatever you choose to call the cannabis concentrate you just made, be advised that it should be used for oral consumption only. In other words, this type of cannabis concentrate using alcohol extraction should not be used in a dab rig or vaporizer.

Why, you might ask? Well, for one it will probably taste like crap if you try and dab/inhale it. While the alcohol strips that plant material of the active cannabinoids (THC and CBD) very efficiently, it also extracts chlorophyll, which is largely the reason why you end up with such a dark, thick, gooey, tarry substance.

If you’ve got this assortment of easily-attainable materials, you can be making your very own marijuana concentrate with alcohol extraction in no time at all. First, though, let’s run through a few safety aspects of the process to point out some of the inherent dangers that are potentially involved.

A Few Notes on the Alcohol-Extracted Cannabis Concentrate You’ve Just Made

Make sure you’re in an outside (or otherwise very well-ventilated) area, make sure there are no open flame sources around, and here are the steps you’ll take:

Really all you need, if you’re wanting to extract cannabis oil using alcohol, is weed, a few heat-safe glass dishes, a strainer of some sort, something to mix with, a heating device, and of course, some quality high-proof grain alcohol.

Easy DIY Steps for Making Cannabis Concentrate with Everclear (High-Proof Alcohol)

All in all, making cannabis concentrate using alcohol extraction techniques is a pretty crude method. However, it can no doubt produce a safe, pure, medicinal, “highly” effective (pun fully intended) end product – if done correctly.

While high grain alcohol is not quite as combustible as other (more volatile) solvents like butane or hexane, there is still an inherent risk of setting something (including yourself) on fire if proper safety precautions are not taken. In fact, several people have died in recent years from accidental explosions while trying to make cannabis concentrates at home in poorly-ventilated areas.

Ethanol and supercritical CO2 extraction processes are the current leading methods for extracting THC and CBD distillate from cannabis and hemp biomass. It takes 6-10 CO2 extractors to deliver the same output as one ethanol extractor, which results in lower operating costs and a smaller footprint for the ethanol extraction lab. Ethanol extraction labs also offer flexibility and scalability in production that isn’t matched by alternative methods.

While the demand for THC and CBD distillate products for recreational and medical use keeps growing, major producers of hemp, cannabis, and distillate products need to be conscious of the environmental impacts of creating their products. By taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies, companies can position themselves to not only be environmentally focused, but to also capitalize on opportunities to cut costs while creating the highest quality distillate.

As the demand for CBD and THC distillate products keeps increasing, the supercritical CO2 extraction method is becoming less appealing to producers. The benefits of smaller lab sizes, lower operating costs, and better scalability and flexibility make ethanol extraction labs the clear choice, especially for mid-sized producers who would rather not suffer the headache of trying to build their own large-scale extraction facility. (Read more about the pros and cons of building your own extraction lab, and some alternatives).

Why Use Ethanol for Extraction?